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Construction of San Marcos Creek Improvements Moves Forward

At its Sept. 24, 2019 meeting, the San Marcos City Council voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

Following this approval, the City of San Marcos project team will continue community outreach about the project, finalize the construction timeline, mobilize the construction team and start active construction in early 2020.

“We are pleased to move forward with a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. At the same time, we understand that construction in one of our core areas will cause temporary inconvenience,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

The City created a video to give residents an overview of the project. It can be viewed here:

Project Features and Amenities

  • Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety
  • Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side
  • Additional sidewalks and bike facilities
  • New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation
  • Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitatConstruction Details
  • Preliminary construction, including moving equipment to the site, will begin late 2019.
  • Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2020 and is expected to take up to twoyears to complete.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane, and road closures during construction.Community MeetingThe City will host a community meeting about the project and upcoming construction on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.In addition to the community meeting, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:
  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within48 hours.
  • Email: Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member willrespond within 48 hours.BackgroundThe San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan,Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-

    marcos.net/arroyo.

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Road update from City of San Marcos

Improving the roads we all travel

Like all cities, San Marcos has a unique blend of traffic patterns and routes that experience more traffic volume than others. We are conveniently situated between two major freeways, which means our roads easily take our residents where they need to go. It also means that San Marcos thoroughfares might be choice routes for others as well.

Over the past few years, the City has implemented many improvements to alleviate traffic in key areas including the:

  • Coordination of traffic signals on San Marcos Boulevard, resulting in a documented 40 percent improvement in travel time;
  • Replacement of outdated lights with LED traffic signals to enhance visibility and safety;
  • Installation of new signals at key intersections to provide for safer travel and crossings;
  • Advancement of our City’s signal reliability and speed with our citywide ethernet project and installation of fiber optic communication lines.

To encourage motorists to become part of the traffic solution. the City launched a new educational initiative to inspire more courteous driving in San Marcos. We encourage all drivers to remember the San Marcos manners that keep our roads safe and friendly for all.

Each of these initiatives, and many others, mean that the City of San Marcos is continually working to improve the infrastructure, systems and technologies used to manage our City’s traffic.

For a list of San Marcos driving manners, visit www.san-marcos.net/honklesswavemore. To learn more about traffic engineering in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/trafficmanagement.

San Marcos City Council to interview 24 finalists on Jan. 15 for vacant seat

The city has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new council member or call for a special election

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 pm, the City of San Marcos will hold a special public meeting at City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, to interview 24 candidates to fill a vacant seat. The vacancy was created after Council Member Rebecca Jones was elected Mayor during the November 2018 election.

The term of the vacant, at-large council seat is from the date of appointment to December 2020.

The qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the San Marcos city limits and be registered to vote in the City of San Marcos at the time the application is received.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from the council. At the end of the interview process, the council will discuss the candidates’ qualifications and make a decision.

Should the council be unable to make a decision, the discussion will continue to the regularly scheduled public meeting on Tuesday, Jan.  22. The city has until Saturday, Feb. 9 to appoint a new council member or call for a special election.

If the council selects a candidate for an appointment Tuesday, the new council member will be sworn in during that meeting.

San Marcos City Council meetings are aired live and will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV on Cox Communications Channel 19, Time Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net/councilmeeting.

San Marcos supplying region with future-ready workforce

When you were a child, what did you want to be? Whatever it was, it’s probably still a viable career. But that’s not necessarily true for children today.

Robots could replace nearly a third of the nation’s workforce by 2030, according to research by McKinsey Global Institute. And the World Economic Forum predicts 65 percent of elementary students will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet.

As North County’s education hub, San Marcos plays a major role in supplying the region with a workforce that’s ready to adapt to these changing tides.

“San Marcos serves the most higher education students all of northern San Diego County, making this community a crucial talent pipeline” explained Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “And that workforce will be ready for the future thanks to our educational leaders.”

Case in point: The San Marcos Promise (TSMP), which provides scholarships and resources to students in the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD), is sharpening its focus on 21st-century work skills.

“Tomorrow’s workforce will need higher cognitive skills, such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration,” explained Lisa Stout, TSMP Programs Coordinator. That jives with McKinsey research that predicts demand for those skills will grow 19 percent through 2030.

“The path to modern success won’t look the same for everyone, nor should it,” Stout added. “Many future professions won’t call for a traditional four-year degree.”

Palomar College tracks job trends, and as a result, has added future-focused programs in drone technology and cybersecurity.

“Advanced manufacturing is another big opportunity on the horizon, but these aren’t the factory jobs of the past,” said Nichol Roe, Palomar College’s Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Extended Studies. “They are highly technical, and involve 3D printing, automation and software solutions.”

“As technology advances, learning new skills on the job will be imperative,” added Jill Litschewski, Director of the Office of Internships and Service Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). “However, it will be equally important for students to also improvise solutions.”

CSUSM’s Senior Experience Program lets students do that by collaborating with business owners to tackle real-world projects. Often the work has a 21st-century focus. For example, some students recently helped test drone technology that could change how we fight wildfires.

“Programs like this underscore how much we need our businesses to be a part of workforce development,” Sangster said. “The City is committed to supporting these efforts because when we all invest in workforce development, it benefits our community’s overall economic health.

To learn more about the City’s economic development division, or about how you can help local students,  contact Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

Summer concert series returns to San Marcos


Summer concert series returns to San Marcos

Beginning Saturday, July 21, the City of San Marcos will present its 17th annual “Summer Concerts in the Gardens” series at the Wood House, 1148 Rock Springs Road.

A variety of bands will provide music appropriate for all ages during the summer months. All concerts will begin at 7:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring low back beach chairs or blankets for picnic seating; parking is free. In addition to traditional desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase, a different food truck will also be selling food at each concert.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the San Marcos Community Center. Prices are $6 presale, $8 at the door. Children under 12 years are free. Season passes are now available for $15.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.san-marcos.net/specialevents or call San Marcos Parks and Recreation at (760) 744-9000.

2018 Summer Concerts in the Garden Schedule

July 21: The Detroit Underground

August 25: Toni Suraci and the Highwayman Band

September 15: Sully and the “Blue Eyed Soul Band”

Listening Sessions on Ambulance Services for San Marcos Area

EMS SERVICE AREA BACKGROUND

The San Marcos EMS Service Area is currently an exclusive operating area (EOA) pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 201.224. From 1988 until 2001, the services in the EOA were delivered through a joint contract consisting of private enterprise Advanced Life Support (ALS) transport units and ALS fire department first responder engine companies. In 2001, the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) began providing ALS transport services in San Marcos as a sub-contractor. In 2009, the SMFD was awarded the contract to provide ALS transport services to San Marcos residents.

The City of San Marcos is a Charter City operating under a Council/Manager form of government. The City encompasses an area of approximately 24 square miles and the Fire Protection District adds approximately nine (9) square miles for a total service area of 33 square miles. The San Marcos Fire Protection District became a subsidiary district to the City of San Marcos in 1987. In 1988, the City added paramedic services to the community.

EMS SERVICE AREA COMMUNITY PROFILE

The residential population of the City is nearing 100,000 with a steady estimated 11 percent population growth since 2010. In addition to the City population, approximately 20,000 residents are located within the Fire Protection District, for a total of nearly 120,000 residents being served by the SMFD. The service area’s daytime population increases to approximately 160,000. The San Marcos population is growing four (4) percent faster than the other neighboring cities and almost two (2) percent faster than the San Diego region with a projected growth of 6.1 percent by 2020. It is projected that by the year 2030, the City of San Marcos population is expected to grow by more than 15 percent.

EMS SERVICE AREA SERVICES

San Marcos EOA calls for service are dispatched through the North County Dispatch Joint Power Authority (NCDJPA). Participation in this regionally-based JPA supports and enables the shared use of other area agencies ALS assets through an automatic aid “boundary drop” agreement that utilizes the closest transport resource concept.

The EOA ALS Transport Services contract requires that ALS ambulance response times not exceed nine (9) minutes, 90 percent of the time. ALS Engine and Truck company response times also adhere to strict response time expectations, with an eight (8) minute response time required 90 percent of the time. The SMFD consistently meets or exceeds these response time standards. The Department has steadily experienced significant call volume increases since 2014. Throughout 2017, the Department responded to 11,490 calls which represent an increase of 4 percent from 2016. During 2014 and 2015, the Department experienced a 22 percent and 11 percent increase in calls from the previous year, respectively.

SMFD currently provides ALS transport service to the City of San Marcos and San Marcos Fire Protection District residents. The ALS transport service is a no-subsidy service in San Marcos, meaning the City does not provide monetary support to the provider. Rather, all revenues needed for program operations are derived from billing for services provided. In order to provide the highest level of service to the residents of San Marcos, the Department staffs four (4) ALS Engine companies, one (1) ALS Truck company and five (5) ALS Ambulances 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to five (5) ALS ambulances staffed with a minimum of one (1) Firefighter-Paramedic and one (1) Emergency Medical

Technician, every Engine and Truck company is staffed with a minimum of one (1) Firefighter-Paramedic and/or Fire Engineer-Paramedic. SMFD employs 105 personnel including those assigned to Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Administrative Services. Fifty-six (56) of the seventy-five (75) field personnel are licensed, Paramedics.

EMS SERVICE AREA PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

To provide continuous EMS program oversight, the EMS program is managed within the Department’s Emergency Services Division. Under the direction of the Fire Chief, EMS Program leadership and management is provided by a Fire Division Chief, an EMS Program Coordinator (R.N./P.M.) and a Emergency Services Support Specialist. The Department staffs a 24-hour on-duty Battalion Chief to provide field level supervision over all personnel and incident activity.

California’s EMS authority has recognized SMFD as a Continuing Education (CE) Provider for both Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians. The Department maintains trained and certified instructors to deliver these CE classes. In addition, SMFD also maintains a comprehensive ALS Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Program (QA/QI), designed to identify and address potential or existing clinical, operational or equipment concerns. To learn from experiences and improve upon overall EMS service delivery, QA/QI process outcomes are routinely incorporated into CE case review training sessions.

In addition to providing multiple opportunities and platforms for community public education, the Department also maintains innovative program partnerships and customer feedback outreach efforts. Community outreach events provide education related to health, safety and various life-saving techniques. The Department promotes programs that provide specialized medical referrals and associated services in order to integrate a whole health service approach. By adhering to a whole health service approach, the entire patient is evaluated, not just their immediate concern, thereby promoting an advanced level of care for San Marcos residents.

SUMMARY

Through dedicated leadership, integrity, safety, competency, and customer service the San Marcos Fire Department has provided emergency medical services since 2001. SMFD encourages and maintains continual education and training, keeping personnel current on all certifications, licenses, protocols, and best practices. Two-thirds of SMFD workforce are licensed Paramedics, creating a highly trained medical team on scene. Incorporating education and training, SMFD manages a quality assurance program overseeing emergency medical services while maintaining excellent customer service. SMFD provides community outreach education and professional emergency medical services connecting, empowering, educating, and acting as advocates for members of the community and offering resources to improve overall health.

SMFD is prepared to grow with the population and continue to provide innovative, cost-effective and consistent service to all members of the San Marcos community. The Department looks forward to continuing to improve and is always seeking avenues to increase our level of service to the community.

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